Recently spotted on my vines, a couple of different ladybird species. Above we have the kidney spot ladybird, Chilocorus renipustulatus. It’s welcome: it eats scale insects such as mealybugs. Below, pictured on a Phoenix leaf, we have the harlequin ladybrid, Harmonia axyridis. This is welcome as well, because of its aphid and scale munching habit, but is less welcome because it is an invasive species. Introduced into the UK in 2004, it has been spreading fast, and outcompetes the indigenous species.

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